Here are my favorite Gloria Steinem quotes from the San Miguel Writers’ Conference…
It’s only when I’m writing do I think I shouldn’t be doing something else.
I used to have this pleasurable fantasy that the magazine would burn down. It had to be something that wasn’t our fault. Then we would get sympathy. People would like us again.
Bella Abzug didn’t hold her finger to the wind. She wasthe wind.
People come out of college in debt because state legislatures have taken money away from universities and used it to build prisons we don’t need.
What the women’s movement needs is a world-wide feminist AA.
If the right wing had cancer and President Obama had the cure, they would not accept it.
We care much too much about who is president and not enough about who is in the local offices and the state legislature.
The paradigm of life is a circle not a pyramid. We are linked not ranked.
Public speaking gives us a boost of empathy that writing does not. Even with an audience of 5,000 you can pretend you are sitting in a circle. There is a force field in the room and people will say things they won’t say to their nearest relatives.
In my teenage years, the feminine role came down on me like an iron maiden.